At this year’s Barbara Ann Campbell Memorial Breakfast, we remembered local people who died in 2017 as a result of domestic violence, and we will end Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the same way … remembering.
We remember because these people mattered. They mattered then. They matter still.
And we remember because it fuels us to keep pressing toward our shared goal – an end of domestic violence in our community, forever.
Feel free to leave a message of comfort for the families of the fallen in the comments below and know we are so grateful to you, allies and advocates, for your continued commitment. With your help, we will keep sheltering and serving survivors until there is no more need.
2017 Domestic Violence-Related Fatalities
Black female, 41, stabbed by black male, 36
In 2008, this woman, then five-months pregnant, was kidnapped and stabbed multiple times by her boyfriend. Eight years later, at 49, she died. The Medical Examiner determined that the manner of death was caused by complications from the 2008 attack.
White female, 52, shot by a white male, 60
This woman was divorcing her husband. The husband shot her in the chest in her own home. Her husband also shot and killed this woman’s daughter, his stepdaughter.
White female, 30, shot by a white male, 60
This woman was not originally intended to be her stepfather’s victim, but she, too, was shot during his attack on her mother. Her body was found in a different room than her mother’s body and was partially covered with a blanket.
Black female, 29, stabbed by a black male, 38
This pregnant woman was stabbed in the stomach and left bleeding on the floor by her boyfriend. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Black male, 3, shot by a black male, 22
This child was struck in the head by a bullet during a domestic violence-driven attack on his home. He died two days later. His mother was also shot, but she lived. The child’s 5-year-old brother was present during the incident.
White male, 62, stabbed by a white female, 36
This man met this woman, his girlfriend, three weeks prior to his homicide.
White female, 30, shot by a white male, 32
This woman was shot in the head by her boyfriend and died. The boyfriend also shot this woman’s sister in the head. This woman’s sister survived. Two children, ages 9 and 4, were present.